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The Importance of the Size of Your Heating System

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When you live in Hartford, your heating system is an essential part of your home, and you need to make sure it's the right size to meet the needs of your home. That process starts with the installation of the heater. The importance of the size of your heating system can’t be overestimated.

“Size” in this case refers to heating capacity more than physical size, though that can enter into play if you need to fit it in a certain space. The capacity is measured in BTUs (British Thermal Units), representing the amount of heat energy your heater generates.  In general terms, you want your heater to generate about 50 BTUs per square foot of home you have. That number will go up or down depending on things like the presence of insulation in the home, or the amount of sunlight your interior is exposed to. A trained professional can perform a formal energy audit to determine the right-sized heater for you.

Why is this important? Mostly because it will end up costing you money otherwise. If the heater’s BTU output is too small, it’s going to struggle to heat the space, increasing the risk of an overload while proving unable to get the temperatures up to the level you’d like. Surprisingly enough, a heater that’s too large for the space ends up with a lot of the same problems. Heaters use the most energy by far when they start up and shut down, which means you want your heater to run for a fair amount of time before turning off. If your heater is too big, it will cycle on and off rapidly throughout the day, which not only uses up more energy than a heater that runs continuously, but increases wear and tear on the system to boot.

If you live in Hartford, then you know how important your heating system can be. The experts at Dynamic Mechanical understand the importance of the size of your heating system and can help you select the model that’s right for your home. Pick up the phone and give us a call today!

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